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Piutau backs Ulster's talent on big stage

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster star Charles Piutau has declared his new team-mates have more than enough talent to be back among Europe's best.

The province have not made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup since 2014 and their bid to make a return got off to the worst possible start last weekend when they came home from Bordeaux without even a losing bonus point as consolation.

Facing a visit from Exeter Chiefs this weekend, the All Black, who is expected to make his return after concussion, has every confidence they can get the campaign back on track.

"It's definitely possible we can reach the knockout stages," he said. "We all believe we have the quality to get through to the quarter-final stage at least.

"But we have to focus on these pool games first. The next game against Exeter is the most important."

Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is also expected to shake off a knee injury to take part.

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